Cool Your Home for Less This Summer

By | July 6, 2016
Leigh Harries, Flickr.com

Leigh Harries, Flickr.com

Cooling your home in the summer can be expensive. Putting off using an air conditioner for as long as possible will help reduce costs, but here are a few alternatives to air conditioning that can save you money on your next electric bill.

Close the Windows and Drapes

If you’re not going to be in the room, closing the windows and drapes can keep out heat. It’s even better if you have blackout or insulated drapes, which are designed to block heat more than their traditional counterparts.

Open Windows Overnight

If you live in a safe neighborhood, opening your windows overnight can keep temperatures down by allowing the cooler night air in. Make sure you close the windows in the morning to prevent the cool air escaping.

Use a Fan

Perhaps one of the most common suggestions, a fan can be a good alternative to an air conditioner. If you only need to cool certain areas of your home, it can be beneficial to use a fan instead of central air, and a fan can be more cost-efficient than a window-unit air conditioner as well.

Use a Heat Pump

Despite the name, heat pumps aren’t just for heating. They work like an air conditioner, but since they move air instead of actually generating it, they’re more energy efficient, and thus cheaper.

These are just a few ways to help reduce your heating costs. ¬†They may not be ideal for every situation, but it’s worth trying them to see what works for you.

You should also check our article about 5 great ways to save money on everyday items.